Since then I have calmed down a bit... but it doesn't change the fact that we eat some pretty nasty stuff. So I have included a list of additives that Sharon Broer has listed. She claims that she will not buy ANYTHING that has a single one of these additives in it. That's a bit overboard for a food junkie like me... but I am starting to read Nutrition Facts more closely.
MSG (Monosodium glutamate): Used to intensify meat and spice flavorings
- reported complaints: headache, chest pains, numbness, irritability and depression
- Brain damage and memory loss
- Baby food companies removed this from baby food. (But why was it there to begin with??)
- Listed under other names: hydrolyzed vegetable Potemkin (HVP)
- "Natural Flavorings"
- Methanol- a neurological poison that cannot be made nonpoisonous. It can cause headaches, blindness and permanent brain damage.
- Aspartic acid- similar to MSG, it has been known to overstimulate neural cells, causing cell death. This is why it is called an "excitotoxin". It literally kills brain cells.
- Phenylalaninie- causes permanent brain damage if concentrations are high enough
- Nitrites combined with natural stomach acids create nitrosamines, powerful cancer-causing agents.
- Baby food manufactures voluntarily removed nitrites from baby food in the early 1970's.
- In 1977, Germany banned nitrites and nitrates, except in certain species of fish.
These are the "fake fats" introduced in 1996. Preliminary studies found that Olestra caused tumors in laboratory animals. Possible side effects include cramping and loose stools.
Monoglycerides and Diglycerides: Synthetic substances made for emulsifying and defoaming agents.
- Used in bakery products to maintain "softness"
- Used in beverages, ice cream, shortening, margarine. chocolate, whipped toppings and cosmetic creams.
- This is on the FDA list of food additives to be studied for possible reproduction effects.
BHT (butylated hudroxytoluene): a preservative used in the same type of products as BHA.
- Frequently used in food additives, cosmetics, and antacids
- Can aggravated kidney and lung disorders
- Aluminum deposits have been found in the brains of Alzheimer's patients
- Used in producing sweet and dill pickles
- Used as an antiseptic, astringent and in detergents and deodorants
- Moderately toxic by ingestion and injection
- May affect reproduction
Hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oil: Used in margarine or Crisco-type products. Very "cheap" oils used in chips, crackers, cereal, peanut butter, snack cakes, bread and many more products.
Other oils to avoid
- Cottonseed oil
- Palm kernel oil
- Corn oil
- Regular use- virgin. cold pressed olive oil
- Occasional use- good, old fashioned organic butter